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June 2019- Dallas

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38 needs to be dancing in the light. There has to be a balance. But it's my experience that people who are habitually negative and who fall on the darker side of life attract entities and attachments. That feeling that you get when you know it's more than just someone with a bad attitude is some entity, some energetic leech, something that is using this human as a conduit of negative energy. People don't realize they're picking up these sandbags of negative energy throughout their lives and they are just spewing that shit onto everyone. That's why we have to smudge and wear crystals and be mindful. If people want to change, they can come to a witch, but if people aren't making the changes themselves, it's worthless. I keep Smokeless Smudge on the desk. Like Mace ... How's your basil doing by the way? Basil is very magical. For me, 2018 was a really rough year. I spent a lot of time on my patio, and the basil kept going. Basil is a very protective plant. In Italian witchcraft, the Streggas — Italian witches — they use basil. Very protective. When I smudge, I kind of just wing it. I do it every Sunday after I clean. S o w i t c h y. D o y o u instinctually do it on Sunday? Yes. Every Sunday. That's the best day to do a smudging. There are a lot of theories behind planetary days — and the energies shift throughout the days of the week. Sunday is the day to clean house — and literally clean house energetically. That's when I do my heavy cleaning, energetically, on Sunday. Are there things you should keep in mind when you're smudging? You need to follow your intuition, first and foremost. I provide a product that could not be more energetically aligned — but when it gets to you, the best thing is to first listen to your intuition. I am not smarter than your intuition. But I have a few general rules. Turn on your favorite music. I want you to sit for a few minutes and start to radiate joy. Think some happy thoughts. Start there. Don't try to smudge your house if you're in a bad place. It's really important that you're either thinking or saying, "I don't want any bad vibes in this house." You can be as gangster as you want about this. You can say, "Get the eff out, bad vibes!" You can come up with your own mantra or spell. And then just go through your house and smudge it. Open up the windows. Open up the doors. The theory behind my spray is that white sage removes negative energy. Palo santo is used to invite good energy and guides back into your house. And that's why I put the two together. The average non- witchy person doesn't realize that when you're smudging you're removing the bad vibes, but you're also asking some of the guides and good energies to leave as well. But when you have the palo santo it's inviting in the good energy. It's inviting in the guides — the angels, if you will — if you subscribe to that, because it's all really the same thing. Do you believe in angels? Oh, ya. Absolutely. But I think that angels mean a lot of things. It's not just this winged Christian thing … But back to smudging… One of the biggest things I can say is dismiss the energy. Tell it to go. Banish it. Put it out there. Radiate that message. That's an instant manifestation. And then, once you're done smudging, just sit there for a minute. Ground yourself. Thank your guides. Thank the energy. You can even thank the universe. Make it be known that you want good vibes in your house. Say, "No bad vibes." You know. Bye, Felicia. I smudge my cats. Familiars. You're such a witch. Make sure you smudge the bottom of your shoes, too. People never talk about how dirty the bottom of your shoes and the bottom of your handbag really are. You're walking through it. You're trudging through it. You don't think about it, but you're walking that stuff in. That's why I have a product called Doorway Dust. It's my own concoction but it stems from Hoodoo tradition. It's sulphur brimstone, brick dust, and black salt — and it blocks things from coming into the house. Home for you … Do you keep a garden? I don't garden as much as I would like. This witch is on the go. I travel to clients all the time to do readings and house smudgings and blessings. I just got rid of a ghost out of artist Ashley Longshore's house in New Orleans. The crystals are something I haven't really dug into. Last February, we bought just over 700 crystals, and I hand-selected every one. It's a weeklong process. It's not good enough just to get these stones and sell them to people. I cleanse them. They all sit in salt for a few days. They get smudged — both with smoke and the Smokeless Smudge. Then we bury them in a vortex in Sedona. A vortex is a point in the earth where the energy is very extreme. These stones go through 20 different hands. And I feel like they get a little wobbly, energetically. So we bury those things. We cover them in dirt and they realign and it heightens the vibration of the stones. We rinse them and store them in our witch warehouse. One request you get the most? I have three. The first one is: "Will I find love?" Then: "Am I cursed?" And: "How do I make my life better?" But there's a lot of "Am I cursed?" The fact that "Am I cursed?" is asked so often says that we are still in a culture of being unable to love ourselves. Then there are people who want to know how to get into witchcraft. And I tell them you're already in it. Your interest has brought you in it. I love being a professional witch. Corbin Chamberlin (continued from page 37)

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